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An Academy Award nominated actor for his work in TRAINING DAY, an Academy Award nominated writer for the BEFORE SUNSET screenplay and a Lucille Lortel Award and Drama League Award nominated actor for his work in HURLYBURLY, ETHAN HAWKE constantly challenges himself as an artist. He has uniquely established a successful career acting on film and on stage, as a novelist, a screenwriter and a director. 

On stage, he performed in the play THE SEAGULL at the National Actors Theater and Jonathan Marc Sherman's SOPHISTRY. In Chicago, Hawke starred in the Steppenwolf production of Sam Shephard's, BURIED CHILD directed by Gary Sinise. He was recently on stage opposite Kevin Kline in Lincoln Center Theatre's Henry IV and headlined the New Group's revival of David Rabe's play HURLYBURLY where he played Eddie, a not terribly functional casting director in the drama about a bunch of Hollywood movers, shakers and wannabes. Hawke earned a 2005 LUCILLE LORTEL Award Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor as well as a 2005 DRAMA LEAGUE OUTSTANDING PERFORMER Award Nomination for his performance.

Ethan also recently starred in Richard Linklater's critically acclaimed BEFORE SUNSET, the sequel to BEFORE SUNRISE, opposite Julie Delpy for Warner Bros. Independent. Hawke also co-wrote the script with director Richard Linklater and co-star Julie Delpy and the three of them were nominated for a 2004 Oscar for ADAPTED SCREENPLAY, 2004 IFP SPIRIT Award for BEST SCREENPLAY and a 2004 WRITERS GUILD AWARD for BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY. The film was nominated for a 2004 IFP GOTHAM Award for BEST FEATURE and received a SPECIAL MENTION FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILMMAKING Award from The National Board of Review. 

Ethan made his feature film debut in 1985 at the age of 14 in the science-fiction film EXPLORERS. Shortly after Hawke's performance in EXPLORERS, he landed his first big role as Todd Anderson in Touchstone Picture's Academy Award-winning film DEAD POETS SOCIETY. He then went on to star opposite Jack Lemmon and Ted Danson in DAD, and in the screen adaptation of Jack London's classic Alaskan adventure, WHITE FANG directed by Randal Kleiser. 

Other film credits include RICH IN LOVE with Albert Finney, WATERLAND with Jeremy Irons, A MIDNIGHT CLEAR, Disney's true life adventure film ALIVE, REALITY BITES, the critically acclaimed BEFORE SUNRISE, GATTACA, GREAT EXPECTATIONS, Michael Almereyda's wild depiction of William Shakespeare's HAMLET opposite Bill Murray and Julia Stiles, TAPE, ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 and TAKING LIVES, among others. He also played the voice of Jesse in WAKING LIFE. Ethan also starred opposite Denzel Washington in Warner Brothers' crime drama TRAINING DAY directed by Antoine Fuqua, for which he was nominated for a SAG and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. 

In 2001, Ethan made his directorial debut with his drama CHELSEA WALLS. The movie tells of five stories set in a single day at the Chelsea Hotel and stars Uma Thurman, Kris Kristofferson, Rosario Dawson, Natasha Richardson and Steve Zahn. He directed Josh Hamilton in the short film STRAIGHT TO ONE, a story of a couple, young and in love, living in the Chelsea Hotel. He also directed the music video for the film.

Hawke wrote his first novel, THE HOTTEST STATE, which was published by Little Brown in the fall of 1996. The New York Times Book Review described it as, "A sweet love story...[in which]... Mr. Hawke does a fine job ...[and]...easily evokes the restlessness of being 21 in the mid-1990's south of 14th Street." The San Francisco Chronicle called it "Touching and engaging...Authenticity is what carries THE HOTTEST STATE." The novel is in its 19th printing. Hawke's second novel, ASH WEDNESDAY was published by Knopf in 2002.

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